WASHINGTON (WLUC) - As the new Democratic-led House convened Thursday, Republican Congressman Jack Bergman stands behind President Donald Trump's request for money for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Bergman returns to Washington to represent Michigan's First Congressional District for his second term, only this time, he's in the minority party. Democrats start the 116th Congress with a 235-199 advantage, with one seat still undecided.
Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi told the Today show that "there's no amount of persuasion" President Trump can use to get her to provide money for the wall. A partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22 after Trump refused to sign a budget deal that didn't include billions of dollars for his long-promised and long-stalled southern border wall.
Bergman says border security needs to be the top priority of the new Congress.
"We need to fund the president's request," said Bergman. "Whether it's the wall or a derivative or a combination, that's what it means to move forward with border security. That agreement will open up the government."
Trump says the shutdown will last as long as it takes to get the money for the wall.